The two road races at Mormon Lake and Perkinsville Road near Williams involved the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office shutting down the Men’s Pro 1/2 race on Saturday’s the final lap and at least two crashes during the climb to the finish.
A final sprint between two riders in the Men’s Cat 4 race on Sunday ended in a crash that plowed into race organizer Joe Shannon, who was standing on the side of the road with his back to the finish, according to Joey Iuliano, vice president of the Arizona Bicycle Racing Association.
Shannon was knocked into the air, fell and hit his face, knocked unconscious and was convulsing at the scene, Iuliano said.
Medical personnel transported Shannon to Flagstaff Medical Center, where he was undergoing an MRI, Iuliano said.
“He’s stable,” said Kevin Salmon, who compiled results at the race and worked with Shannon. “They are holding him overnight to do more tests tomorrow.”
One of the riders involved in the sprint, Alex Kaufman (Flagstaff Cycling), injured his pinky finger with lacerations deep to the bone, Iuliano said. Both riders ran through a sign propped up with rebar and bent the rebar in half.
Chad Beyer (Superissimo) took the overall win in the Men’s Pro 1/2 ahead of Fortunato Ferrara (RA Racing Apparel/Trek Racing) and Adam Bryfogle (Sabino Cycles Racing), who finished second and third respectively.
Maureen McCauliffe of Tucson won the Women’s 1/2 omnium as the lone rider in that category on Sunday.
Unofficial results – official results with corrections will be posted soon: